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GigaPan megapixel imaging and best practices for digitizing entomological collections

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Katja C. Seltmann*1, Babi Hammond*2, Matthew Bertone1, Andrew R. Deans1 ...

Katja C. Seltmann*1, Babi Hammond*2, Matthew Bertone1, Andrew R. Deans1

1North Carolina State University, Department of Entomology, Campus

Box 7613, Raleigh, NC, USA;

2Department of Information Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA



The North Carolina State {University} Insect Museum is working to image every drawer in the 1.5 million specimen collection and disseminate these data through the Web. The effort is worthwhile in that we expose the "research only" collection to the public, allow for remote curation of specimens, and enable more informed loan requests. The details and process for creating GigaPan (zoomable, mega-pixel images of entire drawers of specimens) images are outlined in the talk. Secondly, as part of a CollectionsWeb Research Coordination Network (RCN) funded internship awarded to Babi Hammond, preliminary results of a survey is presented looking at the use of online entomological collection data. Survey participants are asked to review and rate the utility of multiple online presentations of collection data; specimen information without images, GigaPan images, and detailed images with specimen data. The results will help institutions with entomological collections and the Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC) program participants better understand how to apply their resources and digitization efforts.

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